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Re: Reviving Debian QA

Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> On Monday 29 March 1999, at 11 h 32, the keyboard of Martin Schulze 
> <joey@finlandia.Infodrom.North.DE> wrote:
> > Oh well, sure it is.  But developers behave different.  Some of them
> > follow each policy change and each suggestion at once, some others
> > are waiting until lintian tells them what to do, some are waiting for
> > bug reports and some are still different.  Please keep in mind that
> > we have >500 registrated developers, all thinking differnt and working
> > in a differnt envirionment.
> OK, so QA could be a sort of "waker" trying to draw attention of developers on 
> such issues? And a "watcher" which checks the current state of quality? 
> Because this role, which could be useful ("This month, 55 % of packages are 
> not lintian-clean and 63 % lack a proper menu entry"), is different from 
> "adopt ill packages and cure them".

Yes - but we need both, imho.  Both is important, while the first
one is even more important to save our quality.

> > Dinstall only checks if the pgp signature is proper.  There are no
> > checks for policy yet.
> Yes, there is, at least when a package is new (I don't think there is a 
> periodic check after that). I told you, Richard Braakman refused several of my 
> packages, for various violations of the Policy.

Heh, ok, but that is a manual check - which is done to new packages
only, unless the ftpmasters have too much spare time.



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